Two strong storms occurred on the evening of September 4, 2012, causing property damage in southern Minnesota and southern Wisconsin. The storm in Wisconsin caused a tornado to spawn with winds reported between 115 and 120 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The 70-yard wide twister touched down around 7:40 p.m. and lasted for two minutes.
According to Wisconsin Emergency Management spokeswoman Lori Getter, the tornado was an EF2 tornado that hit a Bloomington home. She stated that the tornado destroyed the home and caused property damage to four outbuildings. The storm that rolled through this state brought heavy rains, strong winds and hail, also causing hail damage, wind damage, and other residential damages from the strong storm.
More Storm Damages
Meanwhile in Minnesota, a powerful, fast moving storm brought strong winds of 60 to 75 mph, accompanied by lightning, large hail and heavy rains. It was reported in Rochester that the storm ignited a house fire by a lightning strike, causing a fire in the attic; thus, leading to a residential property claim for damages.
The storm also knocked down trees, causing roof damage from fallen tree branches. The tree branches also fell onto power lines, causing thousands of people to be without power. Additionally, the storm’s winds knocked down a TV station’s transmitter tower in Austin, Minnesota. The tower, standing at 440-feet tall for KSMQ-TV, fell and broke – causing the station to go off air.